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02/29/2004

Marines Ordered to Haiti      

WASHINGTON - President Bush ordered U.S. Marines to Haiti today after the resignation and departure of Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

02/29/2004

Interim Iraqi Constitution Imminent; Military Operations Continue      

WASHINGTON - Although it was apparent the Iraqi General Council would miss the U.S.-suggested deadline to establish an interim constitution, IGC member Mawaffak Rubaie asserted late Feb. 28 that the signing of the document is imminent, noting, "Failure is not an option."

02/28/2004

BRAC Criteria Focus on 'Military Value'      

WASHINGTON - Military value will be the focus for the final selection criteria to be used in the 2005 round of base realignment and closures.

02/27/2004

Iraq War Veteran Meets With Students, Recounts Experiences  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - As her unit moved toward Baghdad, liberated Iraqis "were tearing down things in celebration of the fall of the regime," Army 1st Lt. Emily Woolsey, a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, recalled during a Feb. 26 visit with seventh- and eighth-graders.

02/27/2004

Transformation Key in Winning War on Terror      

WASHINGTON - One key to winning the war on terrorism is "getting the people who are on our side, able to fight with us," Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said here today.

02/27/2004

Karzai Says Taliban Movement Dead, Noncriminal Members Can Return      

KABUL, Afghanistan - The Taliban is dead as a movement or a military factor in Afghanistan, the country's president said here Feb. 26, and former Taliban leaders seeking to return home will be allowed back if they don't have criminal records.

02/27/2004

Rumsfeld Meets With Afghan President, Reaffirms U.S. Commitment      

KABUL, Afghanistan - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld reaffirmed the U.S. and coalition commitment to helping Afghanistan's people rebuild their nation under President Hamid Karzai's leadership.

02/27/2004

U.S. to Stop Using 'Persistent' Landmines After 2010      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military will stop using always-armed, live landmines after 2010 under a new government policy announced by senior officials at a State Department news briefing today.

02/27/2004

Iraqi Citizens Keep Leading U.S. Forces to Weapons and Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi citizens continue to point U.S. troops to sites where weapons and ammunitions are being found even in some cases hand delivering turn-in of the deadly munitions.

02/26/2004

Defense Department Introduces Global War on Terrorism Medals  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Military members serving at home and abroad in the war on terrorism will now be recognized for that service. Defense officials announced today the final approval of two new medals and their criteria.

02/26/2004

Defending the Homeland Is a 'Must Win' Game      

WASHINGTON - The mission of homeland security is like playing an "away game and a home game," said the U.S. military's homeland defense commander. In war, just as in sports, it's the away game that you "want to win," but it is the home game that you "must win."

02/26/2004

DoD Releases 2002 Sexual Harassment Survey Results      

WASHINGTON - Incidences of sexual assault within the active duty military dropped by half between 1995 and 2002, according to a DoD sexual harassment survey released Feb. 25.

02/26/2004

'Tide Of Change Now Inevitable' in Iraq, Sanchez Says      

WASHINGTON - Attacks on U.S., coalition and Iraqi security forces in Iraq will not stop the country's march toward self-governance and democracy, a senior U.S. military officer said today.

02/25/2004

Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Lists Accomplishments      

WASHINGTON - "Our enemies are not idle, and neither are we," said Homeland Security Deputy Secretary James Loy today, echoing the words of President Bush.

02/25/2004

Chu Testifies on Alleged Overseas Sexual Assaults      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department's senior personnel official today assured Senate Armed Services Committee members that the military would get to the bottom of allegations that scores of female service members were sexually assaulted during overseas deployments.

02/25/2004

Coalition Gives Details on Terrorist's Death, Updates Ops      

WASHINGTON - Coalition officials this morning gave more details about the death of Abu Mohammed Hamza, a terrorist bomb expert for al Qaeda ally Abu Musab Zarkawi.

02/25/2004

Rumsfeld Visits Kazakhstan for Talks on Strengthening Relationship      

ASTANA, Kazakhstan - Had Saddam Hussein followed Kazakhstan's example, the war in Iraq never would have been fought, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today.

02/24/2004

Homeland Security: One Year Later      

WASHINGTON - The Department of Homeland Security will turn 1 year old March 1, but the past year has not been without challenges, one official said today.

02/24/2004

Tenet Briefs Senate on Terror Threats      

WASHINGTON - The al Qaeda is "seriously damaged," but the main threat facing the United States remains terrorist groups armed with catastrophic weapons, said George Tenet, the director of Central Intelligence.

02/24/2004

Coalition Raids Lead to Several Captures      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces acting on a tip by Iraqis captured a known associate of Izzat Ibrahim al-Dhouri, Coalition Provisional Authority officials announced today.

02/24/2004

Guantanamo Detainees Charged With Conspiracy to Commit War Crimes      

WASHINGTON - Two detainees at the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been charged with conspiracy to commit war crimes and will be tried by military commission, a judge advocate spokesman said here today.

02/24/2004

Defense Secretary Thanks 'Stalwart' Uzbekistan for Support in War on Terror      

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan - Expressing America's gratitude for Uzbekistan's help in the war on terror, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld met here today with key leaders of this former Soviet republic.

02/24/2004

Polling Data Shows Majority of Iraqis Want U.S. To Stay      

WASHINGTON - -- Even after the June 30 handover of authority in Iraq, the majority of Iraqis would prefer some form of U.S. security force in their country, coalition authorities said today.

02/24/2004

Myers Updates Baltimore Audience on Terror War      

WASHINGTON - It wasn't a choice between combating Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq or going after al Qaeda, the nation's top military officer told members of the Council of Foreign Affairs in Baltimore Feb. 23. The United States had to do both.

02/24/2004

DoD Encouraging More Service Members to Invest in TSP      

WASHINGTON - A money savvy Marine Corps sergeant serving in Iraq didn't wait to get back home to buy a shiny new car with his $30,000 re- enlistment bonus. Instead, he invested all of it into the Thrift Savings Plan.

02/24/2004

Defense Intell Chief Outlines World Security Climate      

WASHINGTON - The director of the Defense Intelligence Agency outlined the security environment for members of the Senate Intelligence Committee during testimony today.

02/24/2004

Service Members Can Apply for Expedited U.S. Citizenship      

WASHINGTON - Foreign-born service members can now speed up the process to obtain American citizenship.

02/23/2004

Bremer Calls U.N. Report on Iraqi Elections 'Constructive'      

KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait - A United Nations report that says elections in Iraq can take place late this year or early in 2005 if preparations begin now is helpful, the Coalition Provisional Authority administrator said Feb. 23.

02/23/2004

Army Leaders Recommend Canceling Comanche Helicopter Program      

WASHINGTON - Army leaders have recommended canceling a multibillion-dollar helicopter program, citing an Army study that suggests the funds would be more effective improving other areas of the service's aviation program.

02/23/2004

Wounded Guardsman Lives to See Retirement  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A standing-room-only crowd watched, teary-eyed but smiling, as a Florida Army National Guardsman was ceremoniously retired from military service at Walter Reed Army Medical Center here Feb. 21. Soldiers, civilians and children filled the conference room for the occasion.

02/23/2004

Ridge Announces New System, Database      

WASHINGTON - Homeland Security Department Secretary Tom Ridge today announced the creation of a new, unified national emergency communications system and an infrastructure database.

02/23/2004

Marine Team Deploys to Haiti      

WASHINGTON - A team of 50 Marines has departed the United States to beef up security for the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, U.S. Southern Command confirmed today.

02/23/2004

Afghanistan Command Condemns Attack on Contractors      

WASHINGTON - Combined Forces Command Afghanistan officials have condemned the attack on U.S. contract employees Feb. 22 near Panjawi District, 50 kilometers west of Kandahar, Afghanistan.

02/23/2004

Task Force Soldiers Assist Iraqis After Car Bomb Strikes      

WASHINGTON - Task Force Ironhorse soldiers arrived on the scene today at a police station in Kirkuk, Iraq, to provide security and medical assistance following a car bomb attack there, according to a Combined Joint Task Force 7 release.

02/23/2004

Iraqis Want End to Occupation, But Don't Want Coalition to Leave      

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Polls indicate Iraqis want the occupation of their country to end, but don't want the coalition to leave, the senior spokesman for the Coalition Provisional Authority said here today.

02/23/2004

Rumsfeld Meets Top Leaders, Troops, Iraqis in Baghdad Visit      

KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait - Meetings with military and civilian officials and visits with U.S. troops and Iraqi security forces in Baghdad Feb. 23 marked Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's fourth visit to Iraq since the country's liberation.

02/22/2004

Secretary, Troops Surprise Each Other      

SHANNON, Ireland - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and his traveling party weren't the only Americans to refuel here in today's wee hours.

02/22/2004

Rumsfeld Praises Iraqi Resolve      

KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait - Terrorists have been targeting some of the roughly 200,000 Iraqis participating in their country's security, and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said today the Iraqi people don't like it and they're not giving in.

02/21/2004

Coalition Clarifies What CPA Said in Al Arabiya Interview      

WASHINGTON - The Coalition Provisional Authority clarified today what CPA administrator Ambassador L. Paul Bremer III said in a Feb. 20 interview on Al Arabiya satellite TV.

02/21/2004

Red Cross Visits Saddam Hussein      

WASHINGTON - The International Committee of the Red Cross visited Saddam Hussein today at an undisclosed location, Coalition Joint Task Force 7 officials confirmed.

02/21/2004

Coalition-Iraqi Raids Flush Out More Terror Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi security forces rounded up several terrorist targets during overnight raids, including a former mayor of Tikrit and a cousin of Saddam Hussein suspected of providing false passports for individuals crossing the Iraq-Syria border.

02/21/2004

President Says America Is Making Progress in War on Terror      

WASHINGTON - "Over the last 29 months, many terrorists have learned the meaning of justice," President Bush said today in his weekly radio address on progress being made in the war on terror.

02/20/2004

Symposium Seeks Minorities for Defense Department      

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Defense Department officials tried to put DoD's best foot forward in attracting minority students to seek careers in the department at Florida A&M University here Feb. 18-19.

02/20/2004

Retired General Advises Students to 'Think Big'      

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - "Think big. Feel good about yourselves. Think positive, and encourage others to do likewise," retired Army Maj. Gen. Eugene R. Cromartie advised students during the Defense Department's African- American History Month observance luncheon here at Florida A&M University.

02/20/2004

Bomb Kills 2 Soldiers; Coalition Operations Continue      

WASHINGTON - Two Task Force All American soldiers were killed and one was wounded in a roadside bomb explosion near Khaldiyah, Iraq, Feb. 19.

02/20/2004

Web Site Seeks 'Transformation in Action' Stories      

WASHINGTON - Military people and civilians in the Defense Department have the opportunity to "get in on the ground floor" of transformation, DoD's chief of the Office of Force Transformation said in a recent interview.

02/20/2004

Despite Own Injuries, Medic Tries to Save Fellow Soldier  This story contains photos.    

FORT STEWART, Ga. - Sometimes the biggest heroes are the quietest people, and Spc. Matthew Moss is that kind of hero.

02/20/2004

Memorial to Honor Fallen Task Force Ironhorse Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A bronze statue of a soldier mourning a fallen comrade traveled from Tikrit, Iraq, to Fort Hood, Texas, this week to become the focal point of a memorial to the soldiers of Task Force Ironhorse who have died during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

02/20/2004

World War II Flying 'Ace' Salutes Racial Progress  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Decorated World War II aviator and "Ace" Lee Andrew Archer Jr., 84, says he dreamed of becoming a fighter pilot at an early age.

02/20/2004

NORAD, NORTHCOM Simulate Scenarios, Respond in Real Time      

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - A major hurricane, a nuclear accident and a nuclear detonation -- all simulated, and all occurring in Texas -- are among the challenges facing U.S. Northern Command forces during exercise Unified Defense '04.

02/19/2004

New Civilian Personnel System Moves Forward      

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon's personnel chief said he hopes to bring the first 300,000 civilian Defense Department employees under the new National Security Personnel System within the next six months.

02/19/2004

Bremer Thanks Departing Troops, Says June 30 Date Should Hold      

WASHINGTON - The civilian administrator of the coalition in Iraq today thanked American soldiers now returning to their home bases for their service in Iraq, and reaffirmed the June 30 target date for the return of sovereignty to the Iraqi people.

02/19/2004

Myers Stresses Transformation in War on Terror      

WASHINGTON - The United States is doing "pretty well" in the war on terror, but more needs to be done and more progress is necessary to transform American military capabilities, Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers said Feb. 18.

02/19/2004

Abell Points to Past, Urges Preparation for the Future      

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The speaker quoted late Air Force Gen. Daniel "Chappie" James, who said his mother told him, "Don't stand there banging on the door to opportunity, then when someone opens it, you say, 'Wait a minute, I got to get my bags.'

02/19/2004

Baghdad Concert Features Donated Steinway Piano  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - If music is the universal language, then the message emanating from a Steinway concert grand piano at a concert today in Baghdad, Iraq, was one of friendship and support.

02/19/2004

Soldiers Capture Insurgents, Seize Weapons in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - News releases from Combined Joint Task Force 7 in Iraq have provided details of recent coalition successes in capturing insurgents and taking weapons out of circulation.

02/19/2004

Defense Department Supports Wheelchair Donations in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Several hundred Iraqis have new-found mobility, thanks to a public-private partnership that provides wheelchairs to victims of war, disability and disease.

02/19/2004

Officials Report on Troop Rotation, Problems Identifying Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - The rotation of troops into and out of Iraq is in full swing, DoD officials said today.

02/18/2004

Coalition Encouraging Private Business Growth in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - While not precisely a "chicken-and-the-egg" analogy, many in Iraq are asking which comes first, security or prosperity.

02/18/2004

Transportation Command's Priority: Supporting Warfighters      

WASHINGTON - Supporting the warfighter is "job No. 1" for U.S. Transportation Command, the TRANSCOM deputy commander said here today.

02/18/2004

'World-Class' Military Congratulates World-Class Athletes  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Striving to do one's best is at the core of the military, Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers told members of the World Military Games gold-medal modern pentathlon team here Feb. 17.

02/18/2004

Provincial Teams Securing, Rebuilding Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Officials are happy with the progress of 11 provincial reconstruction teams in Afghanistan and are looking to expand the program throughout the country.

02/18/2004

Screaming Eagles Retrieve Aircraft at Jacksonville Port  This story contains photos.    

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Things have come full circle for the soldiers of 8th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment.

02/17/2004

Outreach Programs Point Iraqis Toward Road To Democracy      

WASHINGTON - Education and understanding are what it'll take to establish democracy across an Iraqi society largely operated by centuries-old insular tribal customs and mores, a U.S. military official said in Baghdad today.

02/17/2004

Coalition Enhances Reward Program in Hunt for Enemies      

WASHINGTON - An enhanced, three-tiered reward program is the coalition's latest weapon against insurgents in Iraq, officials announced at a Baghdad news conference today.

02/17/2004

DoD's CFC Fundraising Drive Nets Record-Setting $13 Million  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - This year's Defense Department fund raising efforts was a boon for the National Capital Area Combined Federal Campaign coffers.

02/17/2004

Bush Thanks Fort Polk Troops for Support in Terror War      

WASHINGTON - President Bush credited soldiers and their families at Fort Polk, La., today with "serving with skill and bravery in the war on terror" and leaving "no doubt that the enemy will be defeated and freedom will prevail."

02/17/2004

Coalition Continues Offensive Operations in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Calling the military situation in Iraq "relatively stable," Combined Joint Task Force 7's deputy operations director detailed recent military activity during a Baghdad news conference today.

02/17/2004

Fear of Free Iraq Fuels Terror Attacks, Kimmitt Says      

WASHINGTON - Terrorists are targeting Iraqi security forces not because they're working with the coalition, but rather because the security forces are bringing order and stability to Iraq, coalition officials said today at a Baghdad news conference.

02/17/2004

Meteorological Team Aids Operations in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD, Iraq - A three-soldier meteorological team, or MET, is on call 24 hours a day to provide vital weather data at Task Force 1st Armored Division's forward operating base at Camp Falcon.

02/17/2004

Tactics Changing for Both Coalition Forces, Terrorists in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and coalition actions in Afghanistan have forced terrorist groups operating there to change their strategies. So coalition forces continue to adapt their tactical approach in response, the top U.S. general in that country said today.

02/16/2004

Dangerous Detainees Important to Intelligence Effort, Rumsfeld Says      

WASHINGTON - The United States is a nation at war, and detaining enemy combatants is a part of that war, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Feb. 13 in Miami.

02/16/2004

Some Iraqi Cities Not Ready for Local Control, Kimmitt Says      

WASHINGTON - Places in Iraq like Fallujah are not ready for local control, and U.S.-led coalition forces will not leave an area that's not secure, Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt said today during a briefing in Baghdad.

02/15/2004

Terrorists Know Time Running Out as Iraqi Sovereignty Approaches      

WASHINGTON - As the June 30 turnover of sovereignty in Iraq to the Iraqi people approaches, terrorists trying to start a civil war in the country know their window of opportunity is closing, the Coalition Provisional Authority administrator said today.

02/15/2004

Iraqi Police Capture Another 'Top 55' Former Regime Member      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi police captured another of the 55 most wanted members of Iraq's former regime today in Baghdad.

02/14/2004

Deploying Unit Shows Differences Between Active, Reserve  This story contains photos.    

FAYETTEVILLE - It is different when a National Guard unit deploys.

02/14/2004

Bush Says Terrorists Must Lose Race for Weapons of Mass Murder      

WASHINGTON - When suicidal terrorists used commercial airliners as bombs on Sept. 11, 2001, it raised the prospect of even worse dangers: terrorists armed with chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons, President Bush said in his weekly radio address today.

02/14/2004

Soldier Killed, 9 Wounded in Afghanistan Mine Explosion      

WASHINGTON - One U.S. soldier was killed and nine were wounded by a mine Feb. 13 near Ghazni, Afghanistan.

02/13/2004

Wolfowitz Hosts Valentine's Luncheon for War Wounded  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz hosted an early Valentine's Day lunch today to thank soldiers wounded in the war on terror for their service and to assure them that America holds a special place in its heart for them.

02/13/2004

Seven Top Reserve Component Family Readiness Programs Honored  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The top family readiness programs in the reserve component for 2003 were honored today during the Defense Department's fourth annual awards ceremony in the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes.

02/13/2004

Racing Team to Salute Guard, Reserve Employers  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A "dream team" of all-stars will race this year in NASCAR Busch Series salute to supportive employers of National Guardsmen and reservists.

02/13/2004

Guardsman Arrested for Attempting to Aid al Qaeda      

WASHINGTON - A Washington Army National Guard soldier whose unit is deploying to Iraq was arrested Feb. 12 at Fort Lewis, Wash., for attempting to pass information about military capabilities to al Qaeda operatives.

02/13/2004

Attack Kills Soldier, Wounds 2 Others in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - One 16th Military Police Brigade soldier was killed and two others were wounded late Feb. 12 in an attack using an improvised explosive device and small-arms fire, Combined Joint Task Force 7 officials in Baghdad, Iraq, announced today in a news release.

02/13/2004

DefendAmerica Web Site Delivers Valentine's Wishes      

WASHINGTON - With 114,000 service members deployed to Iraq and another 11,000 in Afghanistan supporting the war on terror, Cupid's arrow is going to have to travel a few extra miles this Valentine's Day.

02/13/2004

Panel to Review Guantanamo Detainees      

WASHINGTON - Feb. 13, 2004 Suspected terrorists held at U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will have the opportunity to appear before an administrative review panel, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for detainee operations said here today.

02/12/2004

Myers Wishes Guard Brigade 'Godspeed' in Iraqi Deployment      

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - "We'll be good. We'll be careful, and we'll be back," was what Army Brig. Gen. Danny H. Hickman promised the thousands of family members gathered at the Crown Coliseum here today.

02/12/2004

Myers Salutes Troops, All Who Serve the Nation      

WASHINGTON - Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, accepted the Intrepid Foundation 2004 Freedom Award in New York City Feb. 11 on behalf of America's men and women in uniform.

02/12/2004

Bomb Kills 2 Soldiers; Coalition Campaign Targets Zarqawi      

WASHINGTON - Two Task Force 1st Armored Division soldiers are dead and another is wounded after a roadside bomb attack in western Baghdad, Iraq, Feb. 11.

02/12/2004

Abizaid, Swannack Escape Injury in Fallujah Attack      

WASHINGTON - The top military commander in Southwest Asia and the commander of the 82nd Airborne Division escaped injury today when their convoy was attacked while entering an Iraqi Civil Defense Corps battalion headquarters in Fallujah, Iraq.

02/12/2004

Defense Leaders Urge Proper Funding to Face Threats      

WASHINGTON - Acknowledging that the president's budget request for fiscal 2005 represents "an enormous amount of money," Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told Congress today it funds investments that ensure the nation's ability to face future threats, including those posed by terrorists.

02/11/2004

DoD Supplemental Request Won't Go to Hill Until January      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has a number of good reasons to delay asking for a wartime supplemental funding request for fiscal 2005, said DoD Comptroller Dov Zakheim, the biggest one being, "We don't know how much to ask for."

02/11/2004

Prince Charles Visits British Troops in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Britain's Prince Charles paid a surprise visit to Iraq Feb. 9, praising the British troops deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom for maintaining security in southern Iraq and supporting the war on terror.

02/11/2004

Congress Authorizes Korean Defense Service Medal  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A satellite photo Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld showed the Senate Armed Services Committee recently graphically depicts why Congress authorized the Korean Defense Service Medal.

02/11/2004

Transformation Begins With Leadership      

WASHINGTON - It is no longer enough to be a good manager focusing on efficiency and "optimization," DoD's director of force transformation said here today.

02/11/2004

101st Airborne Division Soldier Receives Silver Star  This story contains photos.    

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. - A 101st Airborne Division soldier who, despite being critically wounded himself, repeatedly exposed himself to enemy fire to treat wounded comrades in Iraq received the Silver Star here Feb. 5.

02/11/2004

Coalition Releases Letter Meant for al Qaeda      

WASHINGTON - Saying it illustrates a calculated effort by foreign terrorists to derail democracy in Iraq, coalition and Iraqi officials in Baghdad today released a 17-page letter intended for al Qaeda leaders that a courier was carrying when he was captured last month.

02/11/2004

Bush Asks for Tougher Focus on Weapons of Mass Destruction      

WASHINGTON - The United States and its allies "will act on every lead to find the middlemen, the suppliers and the buyers" to stop the spread of deadly weapons, President Bush said today, proposing ways to strengthen the world's efforts toward that goal.

02/11/2004

82nd Airborne Commander: 'Iraqi-ization' Moving Forward      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi police and other security forces are assuming more responsibility for security in their country every day, the U.S. general in charge of forces in western Iraq said in Baghdad today.

02/10/2004

JCS Chairman: Intelligence 'Not a Perfect Art'      

WASHINGTON - Intelligence is not a perfect art or science, the nation's top military leader said here today. Still, he said, he remains confident that members of the intelligence community are "trying to do the best work they can for this country of ours."

02/10/2004

General Says Letter Reveals 'Terrified' Enemy in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - A 17-page letter seized in the capture of an al Qaeda courier last month reveals an enemy "terrified" that Iraq is on the road to freedom and self-government, a coalition military official said at a Baghdad news conference today.

02/10/2004

Highest-Ranking Black Air Force General Credits Success to Hard Work  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In his early teens, John D. Hopper Jr. thought he'd grow up to be a scientist or schoolteacher. But that changed in 1963 when a liaison officer from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., visited him at Lyndon McKinley High School in Columbus, Ohio.

02/10/2004

Defense Logistics Agency Recruits Military Reservists      

FORT BELVOIR, Va. - Opportunities exist at the Defense Logistics Agency for reserve military officers, and officials used last month's Reserve Officers Association conference in Washington, D.C., to spread the word.

02/10/2004

Coalition Nabs Another 'Most Wanted' Fugitive      

WASHINGTON - Another fugitive featured in the deck of 55 playing cards signifying the "most wanted" members of Saddam Hussein's regime is in coalition custody.

02/09/2004

Retiree Donates 'Support Our Troops' Wooden Nickels  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - As a show of support for the men and women in uniform, a San Antonio businessman is giving away free wooden nickels imprinted with the words, "Support Our Troops" and "The Price of Freedom is NOT Free!"

02/09/2004

Rumsfeld Staunchly Defends Preemption to European Officials      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld mounted a heartfelt defense of the U.S. policy of preemption during a Feb. 7 speech at an international security conference in Munich, Germany.

02/09/2004

Croatian PM Voices Support for U.S. Policy of Preemption      

WASHINGTON - Croatia's prime minister gave a firm show of support Feb. 8 to the U.S. policy of preemption.

02/09/2004

Soldiers Hand Over Baghdad Mail Operations to Contractors      

BAGHDAD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Iraq - After enduring months of intense heat, long hours, dust and Spartan living conditions since their arrival in May, Army postal units have nearly completed turnover of military postal operations to contractors.

02/09/2004

Letter Shows Terrorists' 'Desperation' In Iraq, General Says      

WASHINGTON - A suspected al Qaeda operative's urging of starting a religious civil war in Iraq indicates that terrorists are increasingly uneasy over pro-coalition developments in that country, senior U.S. officials said in Baghdad today.

02/08/2004

Rumsfeld, Conference Attendees Discuss Ways to Improve World Security      

MUNICH, Germany - The proliferation of weapons of mass destruction is potentially the greatest threat to world security, and the most frightening scenario is one in which terrorist groups acquire weapons of mass destruction, according to a recently released European Union security strategy report.

02/08/2004

Troops Continue Forward Steps in Iraq War      

WASHINGTON - The hands-on work of patrols, raids and picking up targeted individuals continues in Iraq.

02/08/2004

U.S., European Officials Work to Strengthen Bridges      

MUNICH, Germany - Twelve months ago talks among security officials meeting here were stressed and contentious by many accounts. Today, many of those same officials are working together to move forward and overcome those rifts.

02/08/2004

Rumsfeld: 2003 a Busy Year for NATO Countries      

MUNICH, Germany - In the past year, "NATO has undergone probably more positive change than in most 10-year periods in its history," Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said here Feb. 7.

02/08/2004

Bush Upholds Iraq Decision, Discusses Intelligence Process      

WASHINGTON - President Bush said he is a "war president," and he makes every foreign policy decision with that in mind.

02/07/2004

Military Operations, Political Track Continue to Move Forward      

WASHINGTON - While political progress moves forward, coalition military operations continue to kill or capture anti-coalition forces. Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, deputy director of operations at Combined Joint Task Force 7, said today in a Baghdad briefing that Iraq has been relatively stable.

02/06/2004

Anti-Terror War Requires 'Robust' Special Operations Role      

WASHINGTON - Prosecuting the war against terrorism necessitates taking the fight to the enemy rather than waiting for another 9-11-style assault, a senior DoD civilian leader said here today.

02/06/2004

Marine Corps' Magnetism Beckons Future General into World of Elite Warfighters  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Cornell A. Wilson Jr., a 6-foot-2-inch, 215-pound, former high school baseball and football player, chose academics over sports in college. And even though he was in the Navy ROTC program, he chose a commission in the Marine Corps over one in the Navy.

02/06/2004

Pentagon Decides Against Internet Voting This Year      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is deep-sixing an Internet voting program over concerns about security, a Pentagon spokeswoman said today.

02/06/2004

Military to Play Big Role at Pro Bowl Game in Hawaii      

WASHINGTON - Representatives of all five military services in Hawaii will get a special honor this weekend as they take to the Aloha Stadium field in Honolulu to participate in Pro Bowl activities Feb. 8.

02/06/2004

Dad to Bike Across Country in Support of Son, Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - One of Dan Forant's favorite photos is of his young son wearing an Army helmet. And, one of the duo's favorite pastimes is cycling.

02/06/2004

Defense Ministers Looking to Expand NATO's Role in Afghanistan      

MUNICH, Germany - NATO defense ministers meeting here today discussed expanding the role of NATO forces in Afghanistan.

02/06/2004

NATO Forces Could Be Out of Bosnia by End of 2004      

MUNICH, Germany - NATO defense ministers here today discussed the possibility of pulling all NATO peacekeeping troops out of Bosnia by the end of this year.

02/06/2004

Bush Announces Members of Intelligence Commission      

WASHINGTON - President Bush today announced seven members of an independent commission that will look into U.S. intelligence capabilities.

02/05/2004

Defense Ministers to Discuss Iraq, Afghanistan, Future of NATO Forces      

MUNICH, Germany - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld arrived here late Feb. 5 on the first leg of a five-day European trip that will also include stops in Zagreb, Croatia, and London.

02/05/2004

Rumsfeld Commends Tenet for Praising Intel Community      

MUNICH, Germany - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Feb. 5 that it was important for CIA chief George Tenet to talk about successes of U.S. intelligence assets.

02/05/2004

Special Operations Troops Recount Iraq Missions      

WASHINGTON - Multi-service special operations troops have led the way to victory in overseas campaigns during the war against terrorism, a senior U.S. military officer said here today.

02/05/2004

Coast Guard Faces Increasing Security Challenges      

WASHINGTON - Like every governmental agency and military service, the Coast Guard had to do some re-evaluation after the events of Sept. 11, 2001, and is working hard to close gaps in the nation's waterway security.

02/05/2004

Tenet Details Intelligence About Iraq's Weapons Program      

WASHINGTON - It is still too soon to know if prewar intelligence estimates about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction programs were accurate, the U.S. director of central intelligence said here today.

02/05/2004

Iraqi Wrestlers Will Train in United States      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi wrestlers will train in the United States in preparation for this summer's games in Athens, Greece, the senior Coalition Provisional Authority spokesman said today at a Baghdad news conference.

02/05/2004

Mortar Attack Kills Soldier, Offensive Operations Continue      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. soldier was killed and another was wounded today in a mortar attack at a checkpoint outside Baghdad International Airport in Iraq.

02/05/2004

Fisher House Explains Rules for Free Airline Tickets      

WASHINGTON - Although the Defense Department provides a travel entitlement for service members and their families in serious medical emergencies, the Fisher House Foundation is hoping to help those service members and families not covered under the rule.

02/05/2004

Bush Says America Did 'Right Thing' in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - "Knowing what I knew then, and knowing what I know today, America did the right thing in Iraq," President Bush told a crowd in Charleston, S.C., today.

02/04/2004

Marksmanship Unit Teaches Advanced Skills in Baghdad  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD, Iraq - At a firing range on the grounds of Baghdad International Airport, the sharp crack of gunfire echoes out through the palm trees.

02/04/2004

Rumsfeld Says Better Management Needed for Force      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld highlighted efforts being made to transform the military even as the war on terror continues.

02/04/2004

Two-Legged Help Stands Up Baghdad Animal Welfare Facility  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Much of the coalition forces' work in Iraq focuses on improving the lives of the country's citizens. In some cases, the benefits are not limited to humans.

02/04/2004

U.S. Faces Struggles Similar to Churchill's, Bush Says      

WASHINGTON - The struggles and challenges the United States and its allies face in the war on terror are similar to those British Prime Minister Winston Churchill knew in World War II, President Bush said here today.

02/04/2004

Spain Stands With United States Against Terror      

WASHINGTON - Spain stands with the United States in the fight against terrorism, Spanish President Jose Maria Aznar told a joint session of Congress today.

02/04/2004

Rumsfeld Defends Intelligence Community Before Senate      

WASHINGTON - No administration official put pressure on any analyst to manipulate intelligence data to hype the threat of Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction programs, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today.

02/04/2004

Soldiers Capture Rocket Attack Suspect Near Fallujah      

WASHINGTON - Soldiers conducting a cordon-and-search operation near Fallujah, Iraq, captured a man suspected of conducting rocket attacks on coalition field operating bases, Combined Joint Task Force 7 officials announced in a news release today.

02/03/2004

Services, Joint Commands Revamping Operational Tactics      

WASHINGTON - The military services are making sweeping changes in the way they operate, including what the Pentagon comptroller called "the most revolutionary change in the way the Army has been structured since Napoleon made divisions the central maneuver unit of land forces."

02/03/2004

Proposed Budget Provides Tools to Manage Demand on Forces      

WASHINGTON - With 2.2 million men and women on active duty and in the reserve component, there's no shortage of manpower to support the war on terror, Pentagon Comptroller Dov Zakheim told reporters here during a Feb. 2 briefing.

02/03/2004

Thousands Being Offered Thousands To Leave DoD Work Force      

WASHINGTON - Up to 25,000 Defense Department civilians may be eligible for thousands of dollars in separation pay through an early-buyout program.

02/03/2004

Wolfowitz Views 'New Iraq' in the Making  This story contains photos.    

KIRKUK, Iraq - The phrase "New Iraq" is on the lips of many in this city. Kirkuk is in many ways a microcosm of the country.

02/03/2004

Village of Hope Points to Future of Iraq  This story contains photos.    

VILLAGE OF HOPE, Iraq - Who got new homes and how they came to be was the big news Feb. 2 at this village near Mosul.

02/03/2004

New Stryker Defense Proven in Combat      

MOSUL, Iraq - A change made to the Stryker infantry vehicle has proven itself in combat.

02/03/2004

Soldier Killed, Another Wounded in IED Attack      

WASHINGTON - One soldier was killed and another was wounded today in an improvised explosive device attack near Haswah, Iraq.

02/03/2004

Iraqi Police Positively Affecting Security, Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - Iraq's new police force is making noticeable contributions to the security environment in Baghdad and elsewhere in the country, senior U.S. officials told reporters in Baghdad today.

02/03/2004

Erroll M. Brown Coast Guard's First African-American Admiral  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - One day in 1967, Erroll M. Brown, then a high school senior in St. Petersburg, Fla., opened his mailbox and pulled out a 3-by-5-inch white postcard addressed to him. It read in part, "Are you interested in going to the Coast Guard Academy?"

02/03/2004

Soldiers Detain Suspects, Collect Arms in Mosul      

MOSUL, Iraq, Feb. 3 - Stryker Brigade Combat Team -- detained people suspected of anti-coalition activities and recovered weapons and other explosives in northern Iraq Feb. 1.

02/03/2004

U.S.-Coalition Forces Remain On Offensive In Iraq      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq continue to take the fight to the enemy, a senior U.S. military officer reported from Baghdad today.

02/03/2004

Iraqi Earns $1 Million for Tip Leading to Insurgent's Capture      

WASHINGTON - An Iraqi citizen who assisted U.S. forces in the capture of a prominent diehard of deposed dictator Saddam Hussein's regime has become a millionaire.

02/03/2004

Death Toll Rises From Irbil Suicide Bombings      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi deaths caused by the two suicide bombings Feb. 1 in Irbil increased to 67, a senior U.S. officer reported today from Baghdad.

02/03/2004

'Father of Black History' House Named National Historic Site  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The house here in this city's northwest section where the "Father of Black History," lived, worked and launched "Negro History Week" in 1926 is now a National Historic Site, thanks to the U.S. Congress.

02/02/2004

Terror War Needs Funded in Proposed 2005 Defense Budget      

WASHINGTON - Top priority in the president's fiscal 2005 defense budget request goes to funding -- and winning -- the war on terror, Pentagon Comptroller Dov Zakheim told reporters here today.

02/02/2004

General Touts Success of Joint U.S.-ICDC Operations      

WASHINGTON - Thanks to joint operations, the insurgency in Iraq is less organized and more fearful than it was month ago, the commander of the 1st Armored Division said in a Baghdad news conference today.

02/02/2004

Rocket Attack Kills 1 Soldier, Injures 12      

WASHINGTON - One 4th Infantry Division soldier was killed and 12 others were wounded during a rocket attack on Logistics Support Area Anaconda near Balad, Iraq, Feb. 1.

02/02/2004

Troops Worldwide Watch Super Bowl XXXVIII      

WASHINGTON - U.S. troops serving worldwide tuned in to watch Super Bowl XXXVIII and depending on where they were, the game took place Feb. 1 or today.

02/02/2004

Budget Request Funds Current Readiness, Transformation      

WASHINGTON - The $401.7 billion defense budget request for fiscal 2005 fully funds current readiness while maintaining course for transforming the military, DoD officials said here today.

02/01/2004

Irbil Attacks About Fanaticism, Wolfowitz Says      

BAGHDAD, Iraq - The two suicide bombings in Irbil that news reports say killed 56 people and wounded 235, speak "volumes about what these extremists are all about," said Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz here today.

02/01/2004

Bremer Declares 'Outrage' At 'Cowardly' Irbil Bombings      

WASHINGTON - Ambassador L. Paul Bremer III expressed anger and dismay over today's suicide bombings in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil, in a statement the coalition administrator released from Baghdad today.

02/01/2004

U.S. Forces 'Footprint' in Baghdad Changing      

BAGHDAD, Iraq - The footprint of U.S. troops in Baghdad is changing as Iraqis assume more responsibility for their own security, said the commander of the 1st Armored Division here.

02/01/2004

Wolfowitz Visits Baghdad, Checks on Coalition Progress      

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz is here for meetings with coalition military and civilian officials.

02/01/2004

A Soldier's Observation: 'You Can't Give Away Freedom'      

BAGHDAD, Iraq - A 1st Armored Division soldier put the whole situation in Iraq in context. "We all got it that freedom isn't free, but you also can't give it away."

02/01/2004

Proposed 2005 Budget Contains Money For Troop Pay Raise      

WASHINGTON - The president's proposed fiscal 2005 budget boosts defense spending to continue the war on terror, providing another pay raise for troops and increasing homeland security spending.

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